In a game 162 of the 2018 season, the Dodgers broke out for 15 runs on 16 hits, riding a seven-run third inning, as they defeated the Giants 15-0 in San Francisco. Matt Kemp shined on Sunday afternoon, going 3-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Brian Dozier, Max Muncy, and Austin Barnes each hit home runs in the win. Despite this, the Rockies won and forced a tie-breaker game on Monday.
All of this offense was more than enough support for Rich Hill, who held the Giants to two hits over seven scoreless innings. The fact that Hill didn’t find out he was starting until the morning of the game didn’t seem to bother him. In fact, the Dodgers might start doing that more often.
“The curveball has been good the last couple weeks since I made that change adjusting the grip,” Hill said. “I think every game is a big game. Just stay ready. I always want to take the ball.”
The Dodgers put an early exclamation mark on their season with a seven-run third inning. This offensive burst didn’t look like some we’ve seen in the past. Instead of everyone trying to hit homers, the Dodgers “passed the baton” from one batter to another. The Dodgers scored runs on two RBI singles, an RBI double, a wild pitch, and a home run.
Muncy also finished his season in style when he hit his 34th home run of the year. He came in to pinch-hit in the fifth, and it didn’t take long for him to deposit the ball into McCovey Cove.
The Dodgers will play game 163 this afternoon. The game counts as a regular season game, so any hits will go toward a player’s season stats. The Dodgers will host the Rockies at 1pm on ESPN. Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers on an extra day’s rest against Rockies’ starter, German Márquez.